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Dual Booting and the agony of Vista

Q: Dual Booting and the agony of Vista

Okay quick run up on how XP boots Boot.ini file loads windows. Most experienced users know the way to check a boot path is the msconfig option from run that is on every windows except win 2000. Start>Run>msconfig>boot.ini. You can change some boot options here and get rid of os's that were deleted with their boot path. But you know what not so on Vista, it uses a whole new system called bcdedit.exe I believe that boot.ini doesn't even see or acknowledge. So to bring you up to speed here's what happened:

I was on the release candidates with build 2600 I tried to install it to my 2nd spindled drive. A totally seperate physical drive I labeled as F:. It wouldn't work it would give the black screen of death with no blinking cursor, no nothing, just my monitor looking at me saying "I'm glowing amber on my led what are you going to do?". Obviously install Norton Partition Magic and make room for it on the main drive.

So now I stretch out room on my C: for two more partitions. Another Primary I label G: and an extended volume I label as H:. Guess what Vista RC1 build 2600 works great! I get a dual boot option after the motherboard logo goes away and it will default to Vista but I can also choose Vista...... for about 2 weeks then the same pill looking icon Windows says to install for protection starts causing problems, I think the thing was PC Chillin or something like that. I uninstall it, RC1 kind of works but inevitably something is hogging memory and who cares I tried for a while I give up uninstall.

Now I recently think: "you know I'm sick of seeing this dual boot screen let's uninstall Vista." Well as I have heard now I shouldn't have just deleted the partition under Partition magic. Now the OS is gone but guess what Bcdedit.exe is still there asking if I want to boot to an OS that isn't there. I search online and most people are like yep to uninstall the Bcdedit.exe you have to point to boot.ini from VISTA. But how did I know that? There is nothing I have read on dual boots with Vista other than blah, blah, blah Vista is so great. It's so great if you boot from disk on Vista it gives you the nice amazing graphics curtains with no options to reformat partitions like XP disc does.

So to bring up to speed I tried to install Vista again and got a lot of blank screens since upon reformatting a new partition. Vista's disc is like a POS from my position since if it sees vista file it does nothing but sit still showing you a pretty curtain of blue and aqua. So wham, boot from Win XP Pro, delete ALL Partitions reformat, stop install, delete partition just made up, reformat a 2nd time to be sure, Make up 3 partitions and I'm sorry but I don't know if Windows by default makes all 3 primaries or 2 primaries and one extended.

I install XP pro, it runs great and super fast like a new reformatted drive should. I am sick of Vista's crap with my PC so I install Microsoft Virtual PC 2007. I install Vista on a virtual machine and guess what, it's so slow it's funny to even try to use it. It's like going back to Win 95 days with a processor just fast enough to run win 95. So I'm thinking "Should I dare go through this stuff again just to use Win Vista?". I don't know so 2 things for anyone that has delved the depths further than me:

1. Should Vista always be first on the actual physical disk, the spindle, and associated with C: and if you choose XP or an earlier system put that one further down the line?

2. If I choose to go up against the cruel path that is the dual boot of bcdedit.exe and boot.ini on the same machine. Is there a way to access from a command prompt to get to one or the other if things go south? Going to XP Pro command prompt and going dir bcdedit.exe from the root of the drive or even other drives was pointless it was not there and when trying to make unhidden it wasn't there.

A point in the right way would be great. As far as my limited understanding is thinking is that I should go Vista first and then everything else after. But I'm not ready for Vista to be my main OS, especially considering it's disc doesn't seem to be bootable except to say: "Yep Vista is here, (blank screen with a nice curtain background)".

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A: Dual Booting and the agony of Vista

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I partitioned hard drive and everything. Then I installed XP Pro and Vista. Then I updated both and whatnot. I was on Vista then I restarted and booted into XP. Now when I try to boot into Vista it gets to the loading screen then it just restarts. I can still boot into XP fine.

Also I have lost all access to my BIOS. Does anybody know how to get that back?

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I want to remove Vista from my dual-boot because i dont like vista now.

A:Dont want Vista, Incomplete installation, Vista remains on dual-booting, WANT to remo

If you're dual-booting from XP then just put the CD in the drive and remove the Vista partition...

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Just a simple Google gives me hundreds of threads on dual booting Vista and XP, or XP and 98, but I have found none on dual booting Vista and Windows 98SE.

I am currently using a drive with an OS and a Data partition, with Vista as the only OS. I have found that it is a PAIN to run older kid's games in Vista. Many don't work, and many require admin rights to run.

So..I would really like to create a third partition (or use a separate drive) to install Windows 98, and dual boot between Vista and 98. I have the tools to do partitionwork (BootItNG and Partition Magic), but I'd prefer not use these for controlling the dual boot.

Is there a way to install Windows 98 on a third partition or separate drive, next to my existing Vista install, and then use Vista's boot loader to dual boot?

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Alright, this is what's going on.

I installed vista on my harddrive, and then made a partition and installed windows 7 on it.

I no longer want vista, and just want windows 7.

How would I go about deleting vista all together, and just have windows 7?

If I make the windows 7 partition active, it won't boot.


A:Dual booting vista and windows 7, want to remove vista all together

The quick and easy would be wiping the Vista primary entirely as well as the reformat of the 7 primary for use as a second storage partition or simply delete that entirely to see one main primary for a clean install of 7 there. The other option is nuking the Vista primary only and leaving an empty partition in front of the inplace repair install option outlined in the tutorial on that. Repair Install

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Ok, I have just purchased a new hp media center pc that came preloaded with Windows Vista. I have come to find out that a lot of my programs that I use on a day to day base are not Vista compatible. I own the Pro version of Windows XP and would like to dual boot from 2 hard drives. Vista is currently located on one and I use the other for data storage. I would like to put XP Pro on my data storage hard drive. I also have a problem. I did not receive a Vista DVD with my computer so a fresh reinstall will not work. How would I go about doing this?

Thanks in advance for your help!

A:dual booting xp and vista on two hardrives with vista installed

I recently purchased a new machine on which I'm running Vista. I salvaged the hard drive from my old machine and I'm using it as an external hard drive. The XP operating system is also still installed on the old hard drive. It's connected as local disk (K). There are a number of programs on the K drive that I'd like to have access to. Of course when I go to start/all programs on the "new" computer (C drive) it's only showing me the programs that are installed on the C drive. How can I get the programs from the K drive to appear in the list? Do I have to move them individually to the C drive? Can I get them to appear selectively?

Thanks for your help and advice, Happy Holidays.

For what it's worth, I bought my new machine from cyberpower pc and I'm very satisfied with the computer and with their technical support. No problems with Vista, either. I kinda like it.

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I am dualbooting both x64 of Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows Vista SP2 Home Premium, and dang, I dont understand how anyone can think 7 looks like vista..and speed?..vista has sluggish reactions compared to 7..more jerky graphics as well..

A:Now Dual Booting w/ Vista

Might be because 7 is a clean install. May also be your processor.

On my system , there is no noticeable difference in performance or speed between the two.

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Ok im running xp pro sp3, i recently dual booted with vista ultimate 64bit but didnt like that so i deleted by removing partion then fixing the boot loader through xp installation dish and selecting repair. now i want to install vista ultimate 32bit but it only gets as far into the setup where there is the mouse on the vista background but it doesnt load up.

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Hello! I have been running a dual-boot XP Pro/Vista Ultimate machine for many months, having uninstalled/reinstalled countless times with no problems. I have just assembled a new PC (all new) and am unable to boot into Vista using the same method that worked for me before. The main difference is now I have a 4 disk RAID0. I went through the motions as if it were my old single disk, partitioned. XP loads fine. I boot with the Vista DVD, install to the unallocated space, the system reboots...into XP. No OS select screen.

I ran a repair install using the Vista DVD and it finds startup errors and says it needs to reboot to fix them...straight into XP again.

This has happened exactly like I've described 3 times now. Does anyone know how to fix this?


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RAID0 (160GB SATA x 4) using Matrix

A:Dual-booting Vista and XP

First, u have to divide (partition) ur drive into at least 2 in order to multiboot. then u have to know that u can't downgrade to xp from a higher version and if the ram is 512, i think it will lagg hard, i mean a like a whole bunch

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My wife is getting a new laptop that's coming with Vista Home Premium 64-bit.
I was thinking of dual booting it with XP Pro 32-bit. Can this be done or does the XP Pro boot need to be 64-bit as well?

The guy at the store said that some of the hardware on the pachine may be designed to run with 64-bit drivers and won't work on a 32-bit environment.

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I have a system with Vista on it but i can't get it to dual boot properly with DOS. I have MS-DOS 6.22 and i set that on partition C then i installed Vista on another partition. No what what partition i set Vista to be on it automatically takes over the C drive and it puts DOS on the partitions i set for Vista. Another thing is there is no boot loader picking up them two OS's. Is there a way around this?

A:Dual Booting Vista And Ms-dos?

You'll likely have to edit the boot files manually to get it to recognize DOS. 2 good free programs for this are Vista Boot Pro and EasyBCD:Vista Boot Pro: http://www.vistabootpro.org/EasyBCD: http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1Here's a link to a document (direct download) from Microsoft on how to manually edit the files: http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/c...CDedit_reff.doc

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I have a computer with XP Media Center Edition installed on it already and am wanting to dual boot with Vista x64 Retail. I have already created a new logical partition on my hard drive which I was intending to install Vista to. I was just wanting to make sure before I do this however, if it will give me a boot screen at startup to choose between the two after Vista's installation. Have I gone about this the right way? Or do I need to download a OS booter of some sort? Any help and information on this topic would be appreciated


A:Dual Booting (XP and Vista)

Yes, you'll get a coutdown screen that lets you choose which OS to boot. If no choice is made the default OS (whichever is first choice) will begin loading when the time runs out.

As you begin installing, Vista will see you have XP Media Edition already installed and prompt you for what to do next and that's when you point it to the seperate partition.

I think a bootable partition has to be a primary so double checking that beforehand might save you some time if you aren't sure.

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Okay so recently I bought a new laptop (Leveno 3000 N100, 0678-FPG) and it came preinstalled with Vista, I didn't get a drivers disc or a Vista disc.

With that known, I decided to install XP since it was more comfortable for me to use with, plus, Vista slows down the computer, So I went ahead and installed XP on a different partition (We had 2) since I figured I'd better have Vista just incase, so Windows XP comes up, I use my USB Flash drive to transfer drivers that I've downloaded from my other computer and it all seems fine though the sound driver didn't work at all, So I figured there might be something wrong, so I wanted to log back into Vista to see the name of my Sound card, it took quite a while though here I am using Vista.

Now I logged back into Vista using EasyBCD though it seems like it doesn't recognize XP at all, so here's my problem, I don't have the Vista DVD/Disc, how do I log back into XP and if possible, have both Vista and XP bootable just incase.

A:Dual booting Vista and XP

give vistabootpro a try and see if it sees both.

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Alright, I made a mistake and I need your help! I've been using windows vista for a while now and I just got a new hard drive and windows XP. So I thought that I could dual boot. However, I wasn't aware that I had to have windows XP installed first. Now I installed windows XP, It seems that I can't access windows vista at all. I even tried booting manually into the vista drive, but it just loads win XP. So my question is. Is it possible to get windows vista back and make it dual bootable. Or do I have to format the drive Vista was on and completely re-install the damn thing? Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

A:Dual Booting XP with vista.

To access the Vista hard drive, try turning on the pc and tapping ESC, then when the boot menu comes up, select the Vista drive. I hope this helps.

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I would like to make a dual boot of Vista and XP, with vista installed first. I found many step by step guides, but there vista dvd instalation disk is required. What if I don't have it, I've got vista installed on my pc when I bought it. How do I repair vista's MBR without that disk?

thank you

A:Dual booting Vista and XP

The freeware "VistaBootPro" has an MBR repair option, I think.

It's better to install Vista after XP. It's boot manager will manage XP just fine, but I don't think the reverse is true.

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Hi all,

This is strange wonder. 4 sometime now, I've been
installing Win XP and Vista on pcs (dual booting).
I use shrink command, after booting with
Vista CD, to shrink a partition for space.

Now, using EasyBCD, we ought to provide the drive letters
4 xp and vista appropriately but 4 (virtually) almost
all of the cases I had (with the exception of one, in which
case, I used partition magic instead of the SHRINK method),
this didn't work. On start-up, selecting the second O.S. installed won't
load it. Pointing Win XP and Vista with EASYBCD
to same partition now works beating my imagination.

Well, I've been quite puzzled and am sharing this out. Why
is this so? Can someone explain?

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i know its possible to start with mac and boot a 32 bit version of xp or vista but is there any way to do it in the other direction as to avoid having to buy an entire mac computer.

A:dual booting vista and mac


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Last night I decided to try and finally set this up, as I've been meaning too for a while now. I installed XP Pro x64 first, on an 100gb partition on my 320gb SATA. Then I installed Vista Ultimate x64 on another 100gb partition.

Vista by default takes priority when booting the computer. I know there is the screen that allows me to choose "An earlier version of Windows", but that rarely comes up. And when it does actually come up, it appears for less than a second, so I don't even have time to choose.

Is there anyway I can make the screen appear for longer? Because I miss it every time.

Thanks, Ben.

EDIT: I actually figured out my problem. My monitor, when the computer is booting up, switches itself off when it thinks the computer isn't displaying anything. And it takes about 6 seconds to turn back on. So in that time I've missed the screen, but I can sort of guess when the menu is showing.

Still, is there any way to prolong the appearance of the boot screen?

A:Dual Booting with XP And Vista

Try http://www.vistabootpro.org/

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I partitioned the blank hard drive on my desktop computer into C:/ and left about half of it unpartitioned to install XP on later. I installed Vista on C:/, and a while later installed XP. Once XP installed, I couldn't dual-boot back into Vista, so I tried microsoft's commandline hack


and after that Vista ran fine but XP will no longer load (When I select the "Older Version of Windows" from the boot menu it returns an error immediately saying that a vital file can't be found). I think the problem may have something to do with how Vista thinks the drive that XP is on is F:/ and Vista is on C:/, but XP thinks the drive it is on is E:/ and Vista is still on C:/.

Is there any way to clear this up?


A:Dual-booting XP with Vista

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Okay so I had Vista in its own partition. Then I resized that partition and slapped on Windows 7 into a partition in the newly created unallocated space. Anyways, I know that Vista worked fine before. But now Windows 7 automatically boots and I am not given the chance to select Vista, which is essential as I need to be able to access it tomorrow.

Basically, I know that in XP I would simply fire up the boot file and edit it, but Vista and 7 use entirely different files correct? What is the proper way to configure dual booting using Vista and 7? I really have no clue where to start.

Any help is appreciated.

A:Dual booting Vista and 7?

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I have Vista and XP installed on separate drives. What is the easiest way to set them to dual boot?

I want Vista to boot automatically if I just switch my PC on and walk away, but I want the option of selecting XP at startup by simply selecting it with an arrow key or something simple like that.

Right now the only way I can choose which to boot is to hit F12 during boot to enter boot setup and select which drive I want to boot.

Also if I boot XP the root is I: Is there a way for both drives to have the C: root depending on which one is booted?


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Hi I have a system which had been running fine. I dual boot one 64bit version of vista and a 32bit version on a different partion. I then had a problem with the 64 bit version and had to reinstall. This is where my problems started. I used to get a boot option at startup but since I reinstalled that's gone. I knew how to do this in XP but I'm not sure how I can get my options back.

I presume i'm not going to have to reinstall the 32bit version?

Thanks for any help.

A:Dual Booting vista

Just download EasyBCD and it makes working with the bcd files easy. I'm pretty sure it should work fine with all versions of Vista.

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After reading numerous guides, etc, i'm fairly sure that i can do this, but i just want to make sure as i have no way of backing up my data before attempting this... I already have XP installed, and i want to install Vista to my other hard drive. Assuming i select the correct drive for installation, will Vista leave the other drive untouched? I read something about Vista editing the boot files of XP, so that a menu appears with the option to boot from either disk. Is this correct, or have i misread something?



A:Dual booting XP with Vista

Other drive will remain the same. Vista bootloader takes over XP's but that's no biggie.

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Salutations! This is my virgin thread and post here at Tech Support Forums, and I'm looking forward to getting some real, honest support unlike my last tech support forum (which I had been visiting for over 2 years rarely ever got a single solution from).

Anyway, onto my problem: To save you from reading a long, boring story I'll just give you my system's current state. The remnants of a botched Linux install still exists as a Grub Error 22, which I've put off fixing for now by keeping my Vista DVD in the drive during boot. After bypassing grub, I get to my Vista bootloader, which has Vista and XP as options. Vista works fine, but the XP option goes to the XP bootloader, which is decidedly broken. Some random missing file, which I know the recovery option in the XP CD will not work (Oh, okay, you copied over file1 that was missing, now I need file2 and probably file 3 and 4, but I won't tell you until you copy each one at a time).

McGuyver, for your use:A broken grub loader on C:
A working Vista bootloader on C:
A working Windows Vista on C:
A broken Windows XP on E:
EasyBCD in Vista
My guess is that I can use EasyBCD to erase the Vista bootloader, rewrite the XP bootloader, then rewrite the Vista bootloader over it. Can someone walk me through this, or suggest some other ideas?

A:Dual booting with Vista/XP

Do you have any Linux partitions on your hard disk? If not, the simplest way may be to overwrite GRUB with Vista's MBR.
Boot from the Vista DVD, then pick repair, and pick startup repair.


Originally Posted by Kj?len

After bypassing grub, I get to my Vista bootloader, which has Vista and XP as options. Vista works fine, but the XP option goes to the XP bootloader, which is decidedly broken.

What do you see after you pick XP from the Vista boot menu? Do you get another menu? Have you tried pressing F8 to get into safe mode?


Originally Posted by Kj?len

Some random missing file, which I know the recovery option in the XP CD will not work (Oh, okay, you copied over file1 that was missing, now I need file2 and probably file 3 and 4, but I won't tell you until you copy each one at a time).

I kind of got lost there. If I may ask, how was XP installed, how was Vista installed (order matters), and what's the setup of the drives/partitions?

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Well hopefully when my machine gets up and running after solving the problem in THIS thread, I am going to put both on there.

My question is which should I install first and why?

Also is it possible to have an option as far as which OS drive I wish to select every time I want to boot into an OS?

A:Dual booting XP and Vista

You always install the odest first. The older one obviously can't detect something that didn't exist when it was made.

It will then create a dual-boot menu.

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Hey there, i have finally made my mind up that i dont like vista.

My PC came with Vista pre-installed and now i would like xp back. i have an XP disc, but i only got a recovery disc with my PC for vista. I read in a forum that some new computers that come with vista have problems with drivers in XP. My problem with Vista is the constant "Windows Explorer has stopped working" everytime i open a program i get this msg, i have tryed updates, fixes, patches, SP1, recovery disks ect. ect. and now XP is my only hope. i cant open windows media player or windows media centre because it encounters a problem. Also Windows Sync error messages apears now and then.

Can anyone tell me if i will run into any problems as i want to dual boot Vista and XP because i have 300GB of files that i really need to keep. I have partitioned my HDD and im ready to dual boot XP and Vista.

Here is the details of my PC that i think may have problems with drivers. I just dont want to risk losing everything or even messing up my PC. Thanks
OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
Version 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1 Build 6001
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer System manufacturer
System Model System Product Name
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Genuine Intel(R) CPU 2160 @ 1.80GHz, 1800 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 0903, 06/06/2007
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\Windows
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A:Dual booting Vista and XP?

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I have come across a problem I need help with. I am trying to fix my bosses laptop. When I start up the computer, it goes to windows boot manager with two different vistas. One is labeled Microsoft Windows Vista the other is Windows Vista. The first vista comes with no network drives installed, the second vista is the one that accesses the internet and everything. So my boss wants the first one gone. I searched for the boot.ini, which I later found out that vista no longer uses. So this is where I am lost, I have never used vista. I still use XP on my home computer. So can anyone tell me whats going on and how to fix it. Thanks in advance.

A:Dual Vista Booting

The easiest thing to do is just tell the OS which one to use. Right click Computer and select Properties. Go to Advanced Settings and then click Settings under Startup and Recovery. Select the OS you want under Default operating system and then uncheck the box for Time to display list of operating systems. It won't ask anymore.

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Hello all,

I am creating a dual boot with vista/xp.
I have created a bootable xp disc.
But when i try to boot from the dvd i get an error.
it says there is something wrong with my hard drive and that i should scan with chkdsk
or virus protection.It also says i should remove my hard drive or drivers.
Even when i do scan with anti virus /chkdsk i still get error.

Any idea's are welcomed.

That's for any help.

A:Dual booting with vista

Welcome to the forum,

I'm going to suggest having a look at this tutorial, Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

Scroll down to method two, and take note of the "note" at the top, you may need to load some drivers first.

If this doesn't solve it, post back and we'll take it from there.

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I have XP running on my main computer. Can I install vista as a dual boot O.S. ?

A:dual booting vista on an XP machine

If you have a separate partition (or disk section) for it. There is only one free application to do this, GParted. It should not delete anything, but make sure you backup before you try it, as there can be problems with partitioners. Then, install Vista on the new partition.


A much more detailed guide.

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I know this is old stuff, but I cannot seem to get my Vista's SATA drive to download my WinXP. I have original WinXP w/sp1. Have used NLite and made a CD, have all the drivers I believe for graphic card and IEEE 1394 Bus controller, but I have no floppy drive. I have attempted to use EasyBCD and ISO Buster also.

I have partitioned my harddrive into two NTFS drives and the new "WinXP" does take files.

My HP Pavilion a6528p will go so far and that's it, when I attempt to load my 'special CD".

There must be a way I down get the %(*&%(*& WinXp on my Vista drive. I would even consider buying a commercial program! I have some older peripherals I am trying use. At the moment I still use my old WinXP for talking to my palms and Hp 720's.


A:Dual Booting- Vista & WinXP

Check this link out

Or for the same drive.


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Hello folks

I want to dual boot my windows vista machine with XP. iT IS AN ACER LAPTOP and I need XP to install a program that does not run on vista. I have already downloaded xp from the internet and currently it resides on the hard drive of the same machine. My hard disk is already paritioned for dual booting.

I now need to burn XP to an emppty cd/dvd so i can boot my laptop from it. I understand that I need to configure my BIOS so I can be able to boot from cd/dvd. What is the exact procedure of doing this?

Meanwhile, I have also downloaded a program called Pro/Engineer wildfire and have tried installing it (not necessarily on XP). I immediately get a message saying "parameter is incorrect" after double clicking on the executable file for installation.
What is the cause and how can I remedy it? I have already tried lessening directory strcture by relocating the program to a folder in my desktop.

I understand i installing kernel can help, how does it work?


A:Dual booting vista with xp on ACER


Where did you download Windows XP from. You won't get any help on this forum using

pirated software. It is against forum rules. Please see the rules.


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Hi this is my first post. I look forward to helping and being helped. ok my first question...

Do dual boot XP and Vista, do I create a partition for each operating system?? Or simply install XP, and then install Vista to a different directory other than C:\windows ?

Thanks so much.

A:First Post - Dual Booting XP and Vista

hi and welcome to TSF read this it should help http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vi...creenshots.htm

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I currently have XP Pro as my primary OS on drive C: and Vista Business as a dual boot on a separate hard drive, drive D:.

I want to upgrade the Vista installation to Win7; however I want to do a clean install upgrade so I can upgrade to 7 64 bit from the Vista 32 bit.

What do I have to do to do this successfully so that after installing the 7 64 bit I still have a dual boot option with XP/7? I want XP to be my primary OS with 7 as a secondary OS.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

A:Changing Dual Booting from XP/Vista to XP/7

Quote: Originally Posted by abrucewebb

I currently have XP Pro as my primary OS on drive C: and Vista Business as a dual boot on a separate hard drive, drive D:.

I want to upgrade the Vista installation to Win7; however I want to do a clean install upgrade so I can upgrade to 7 64 bit from the Vista 32 bit.

What do I have to do to do this successfully so that after installing the 7 64 bit I still have a dual boot option with XP/7? I want XP to be my primary OS with 7 as a secondary OS.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Hi,can you post a screen shot using the snipping tool of your disc management?

You can find disc management via Control panel (small icon view)>Admin Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management

Then we can go from there.

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I wasn't sure in which forum to post this, so I hope this one is suitable.

I've recently ordered a laptop with Vista preloaded, and wanted to be able to boot XP as well. Originally, when I attempted to install XP on its partition I received a blue screen with a stop error (0x7b). I solved this by disabling the Flash Cache Module and changing SATA operation from AHCI to ATA. After XP was installed, I attempted to boot into Vista and got the same problem, which was bypassed by reversing what I did to get XP to install.

Is there anything I can do to be able to load from Vista to XP (and vice versa) without having to change BIOS settings each time?


A:Dual-booting Vista and XP issue

Hello Anonymity

I don`t think there is anything you can do to the present setup to fix this.

The problem is that XP has no Sata drivers included. Hence you have to disable Sata in the BIOS to make XP work.

The way round it would be to slipstream Sata drivers into your XP installation CD and then reinstall XP

This article will show you how to do it.


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I had previously had Vista 32 installed on my pc. I partitioned the hard drive, and installed Ubuntu 8.04 on the second partition. After that, Ubuntu became my default OS, and would boot in 10 seconds, unless I chose otherwise. Everything worked fine, with no help from me.

Yesterday I reinstalled Vista on the main partition, but didn't touch the others. Since then, there is no boot OS option, it automatically loads Vista. I can't figure out how to access Ubuntu even temporarily, let alone change my boot preferences to allow me a choice at startup.

Help is much appreciated

A:Dual Booting Vista and Ubuntu

You might try right-clicking on 'my computer' and selecting 'manage'. From there, go to disk management. Look at your hard drive and see if it is still partitioned. Vista might have copied over it. And, I found some info from the Ubuntu forum:

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I'm currently downlaoding the new Ubuntu, I have vista premium installed at the moment and I want to dual boot to see what linux is like. Am I correct in thinking that to do this all i have to do is.

1. Download Ubunto
2. Burn it to disc as ISO
3. Use partition magic to create a partition on my harddrive
4. Restart PC with ubunto disc in drive and with bios set to read cd drive first
5. Installation will begin.

This is my first time dual-booting and don't want anything to go wrong!

A:Dual Booting Linux/Vista

Looks good. Make sure to defrag your Vista partition first before repartitioning. Then when you install Ubuntu, make sure you install it to the correct empty partition. Ubuntu will put in the GRUB bootloader so that when you start up your computer you will be given a choice between Vista and Ubuntu. Welcome to Ubuntu! You'll love it! Install Beryl! I'm starting to sour on Vista Home Premium.

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I do not know how to dual boot Vista and XP from two different hard drives other than using my BIOS to select the default boot drive. Here is my situation:

I have two hard drives in my computer. One is a 250 GB hard drive and the other is a 500GB. Both are SATA. I did a clean install of XP on the 250 GB hard drive. Then I unplugged the 250 GB and started the Vista installer with the 500 GB hard drive. I have partitioned the hard drive into two partitions. The primary partition is a 100GB and Vista is installed on it. The other is a 400GB partition. Once the install completed I plugged back in the 250 GB drive that XP is on and can boot both Vista and XP. The only problem is I have to change the boot order in my bios to choose which OS I want. Each drive is master on its own SATA controller.

Here is my question: Is there some way to just have an option when I boot to choose either Vista or XP so I don't have change the boot order in the bios.

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My desktop computer was configured to dual-boot between Windows XP and Windows Vista. Both operating systems were on the same drive in a three-drive system, each showing as drive C but hidden from each other.

Due to various issues, I backed up the Vista system partition's image to an external drive and wiped the whole drive. I then did a clean install of XP to a newly created primary partition occupying the first 30GB of that 74GB drive.

I created a new hidden primary partition on the remainder of the drive and restored the Vista installation to that partition.

Unfortunately, though, I can't get my boot manager to recognise the Vista installation. Each time I ask it to search for bootable operating systems, it only recognises the XP installation.

My boot manager is Acronis OS Selector, which comes with Disk Director Suite 10. I've been using TeraByte Unlimited's Image for Windows 2.51 for the drive image copying.

Is there a way I can ensure that both operating systems are recognised by the boot manager?

A:Issue with dual-booting XP and Vista

Acronis does not understand Vista's boot loader, Vista does not use the boot ini file anymore, to control this.

Use this free program to sort out the Vista boot issues. It can be installed on XP or Vista, is suggest installing it on Vista.


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i formatted my single drive (sata 500mb) and installed xp onto it from the install disc.
Using partition magic, i split the drive as 2x 250mb partitions, with xp on partition (c). i rebooted from my vista cd, installed vista onto 2nd partition (D). This all worked a treat at first, offering both systems on boot as follows: 1) Windows vista 2) Earlier version of windows
please select and press enter. However after a few reboots, my system has changed how it boots up. Instead, It now offers only the following: 1) Windows Xp 2) Windows xp/2003
When i select either of the above, partition (c) windows xp loads up.
IE- windows vista has disappeared. i still see the vista partition in 'MY COMPUTER' ... and ive not deleted it. Im obviously doing something wrong, although im baffled as it was all working fine originally. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:HELP, dual booting xp and vista on 1 drive

Hello Danny,
I believe you have to edit the Vista boot loader. Your situation is described here:

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Hi all.

I have a dilema. Seriously considering getting Win 8 upgrade. I have a Core i5 setup with a 120Gb SSD and a 1Tb HDD. Been using Win 7 Pro for a couple of years on a 64Gb SSD (recently upgraded to the 120Gb model). I need to use a couple of old 16 bit (DOS) and 32 bit progs. [I] was doing this on Win 7 using Win XP mode.

Still with me? Good.

Okay, here's the thing. I am considering two options.

One is to use MS Virtual PC in Win 8 where I can install a spare copy of Win XP I have.

The other is to dual boot Win 8 with Win Vista 32 bit. I can install Vista on the 64 Gb SSD.

Never dual booted before though! Is installing on seperate HDD's a good idea? Also if I were to do so, how easy would it be to cut and paste info betwen Win Vista and Win 8 Pro?

Thanks in advance!


A:Dual booting Win 8 with Vista OR using virtual PC with XP

Hello imatt,
Windows 8 will not support MS Virtual PC as did Win 7. An alternative is to use Virtual Box but you will need your own copy of WinXP. As for dual booting..yes it can be done.

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I was wanting to know if anyone could explain to me how I can dual boot xp if my computer came with Vista when i bought it. I tried doing a clean install but I have the upgrade version of windows xp, not the full version, which may be the problem. Every time i put in the xp disc the "Install Windows XP" is grayed out and i cannot choose it. I have tried putting the disc in and restarting my computer, I got it to boot up from the disc drive but then it told me to insert the full version of windows xp (which I don't have). I hear a lot about "repartitioning the drive", but honestly I get lost right about there. Someone please help!

A:Uninstalling Vista/Dual-Booting XP

You wont be able to install it without the full XP disc. I'm not sure what this upgrade disc is, never heard of one before. As for Vista/XP boot, you'd need two partitions, and one would contain Vista and XP then would be install on the next partition, but without a full copy of XP you wont be able to do it.

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hey guys
Here's the deal - I'm a gamer. I want to upgrade my Vista HP 32bit to a 7 Professional 64bit. I've been doing a bit of research, and I think that I'd be better off by dual-booting one of each. 64bit can handle extra RAM, so it would be good for Crysis and other resource hogs. Vista, being 32bit, can handle games which have issues with 64bit/7.

Now, Win7 is an upgrade edition. That means that it will get rid of my installation of Vista, which I don't want. What I want to is to dual-boot 2 versions of Vista, so that way the new installation can be upgraded to 7. Is that possible? I don't know. My experience with OS installations is limited.

When doing an upgrade from Vista to 7, does the copy of Vista need to be activated first?

What advice do you guys have? Moreover, what do you think of this setup? I'm keeping an open mind and am up for suggestions.

A:Solved: Dual-booting Vista and 7

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Is it a viable option to partition off 20 GB of my current partition to install Vista, so that I can boot it to play games that support DX10?

I know it's possible, but are there any complications? Will I be able to just run the DX10 games off the already-existing XP partition? Do I need to install drivers while in Vista, and will that interfere with XP?

A:Dual-Booting Vista with XP for gaming

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Are any clones of Vista such as WinVista Eternity discussed on these forums?

A:Vista Eternity Dual Booting

Hello Archp, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Sorry, but since this is an unofficial illegal modified version of Vista that is not being sold by Microsoft, it is considered a pirated version that is not allowed to be discussed in this forum.


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I followed the instructions from this thread: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/583697-guide-installing-xp-win2k-after.html, but the problem I am getting is that when I attempt to do this step:
crjdriver said:

Insert your vista dvd into the drive; cancel window that may autorun. Type this in
Drive:\boot\Bootset.exe /NT60 All hit enter
In this command drive is the drive where the Vista install DVD is located.Click to expand...

It says that my os in not x64 bit compatible. Also, the executable is called bootsect.exe on the Vista disk.
I already installed Vista Ultimate x64 (C:\), I resized the partition, I installed XP Pro x86 (D:\) on the secondary partition.

Can someone help me with this?

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My computer right now is running windows XP. It has two partitions; a smaller one with XP installed on it, and a larger one with just files and music and stuff.
I want to dual boot windows vista and install vista on the big part partition. If i did this would it delete all my files on the big partition when i install vista, or will everything stay?
Hope I'm being clear,
Any comments welcome.


A:dual booting vista with XP on different partition

Yes it will destroy the files.
Back-up your data, defrag the "big" partition, and split that partition again.

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